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Final Exams Are Coming Sooner This Year

By Laura Nicholson

Thanks to this year’s late start, final exams for 72 classes will be held on the afternoon of Friday, Dec. 16, interrupting reading period. However, the last day a test can be given during classes will not change.

Most years, the faculty rules and regulations provide for a five-day exam period preceded by a three or four day reading period during which no academic activities may take place. If five exam days were scheduled after this semester’s reading period, the last day of finals would be Friday, Dec. 23, meaning that some students might have to travel the day before Christmas. Instead, final exams will be administered during the reading period on Friday, Dec. 16.

Because the last test date is defined as the Friday before the beginning of reading period, it will not be changed to reflect the early exam time.

If professors do not request specific exam time slots, the schedule is determined in a way that will cause the least possible number of testing conflicts for students, said Associate Registrar David Micus. No faculty members have raised concerns about this schedule, he said. The last time this scheduling anomaly occurred was during the ’94-’95 Academic Year, said Assistant Registrar Ri Romano.

The final exam schedule is available at http://web.mit.edu/registrar/www/schedules/exams.html